This summer has seen an exciting influx of world-class talent to Old Trafford with high profile signings you needn’t be reminded of. With that, the club has naturally been forced to part ways with some of their younger talent; some on loan and some permanent. Focusing on Andreas Periera, fortunately, the club has only loaned the talented Brazilian midfielder to Spanish side Granada for one season, in a loan move that was perhaps long awaited with the crafty playmaker looking to finally secure some much needed playing time.
The transfer arrives with an air of disappointment from some fans who had hoped to see the academy graduate display his ability and develop this season under the ranks of Jose Mourinho. But the actuality is: Pereira is at a stage in his development where playing football regularly at a high level is integral; something he would be unlikely to receive at Old Trafford this campaign at least.
At Granada, Pereira is gifted with a chance to make a real statement in one of Europe’s elite leagues, playing against some of the best players in the world. If he performs, he is likely to hold a starting position at a club that is in need of attacking creativity this season. It is an opportunity for the midfielder to make a statement of intent, a chance to showcase his talents on a more realistic and accessible platform than the Premier League perhaps is this season with his parent club possessing a number of talents already in his position.
His new club, Granada, have seen a busy this summer with new manager Paco Jemez overhauling the squad with a total of 18 new signings. Having also secured the loan of talented La Masia graduate Sergi Samper from Barcelona and bringing prolific striker Alberto Bueno back to La Liga from Portugal, the club seems to be in an ambitious mood this summer, with various youngsters on loan and other permanent additions who will be looking to achieve the same goal as Pereria, developing and playing regular football.
The club finished 12th last season and will be excited by the prospect of welcoming such exciting young talents, albeit on loan, but in deals that will ultimately be mutually beneficial. Periera will most likely be given the opportunity to find his most comfortable position in midfield, having dabbled in various positions from attacking and centre midfield to the wing but now the Brazilian will be looking to lock down a position this season and make it his own.
Periera’s potential has been clear for all United fans to see, mostly with his contribution to the reserves side but also the glimpses of class shown when he has been granted with rare minutes in the First Team. La Liga models a style of football that should theoretically suit the Brazilian’s style of play with the physical side of football not as present compared to the English leagues, something a slightly built player will be able to utilise. Though, there is that argument where the player would perhaps benefit more playing in a lower division in England getting accustomed to the velocity and intensity of the Premier League, with the Championship always being a popular destination for top tier sides to send out youth. However, you cannot argue with the level of quality La Liga boasts with some of the most creative and technically gifted individuals in the game.
Whilst loan moves have not necessarily been overly successful for United players in the past, this season poses as an opportunity for Andreas Pereira to demonstrate his sheer ability and quality on a consistent level, with a view to hopefully return to Old Trafford a more seasoned and refined midfielder.